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Introduction - MicrophoneHowdy and welcome to, the Ham's Radio.  Riding the airwaves with amateur (ham) radio is one of the most interesting and rewarding of all hobbies.  You can experience it in style using high-tech electronics, or enjoy it with nostalgia in the warm glow of vacuum tube radios.  CW is fine and is good for the mind.  AM, without a gimmick, is perceived by many as Angel Music.  SSB offers more hope for the size of the envelope.  Digital sets the pace and that's A-OK for outer space.  The various modes of amateur radio communications help to develop the Radio Amateur's technical and operating skills.  Ham radio remains #1 for reliable emergency communications, as it depends less on extensive man-made infrastructures that are most vulnerable to damage and failure.  The term "ham", as it refers to ham radio, is synonymous with amateur.  The exact origin of this expression is uncertain, although there are some theories.  It may have been derived from "hamateur", the Cockney pronunciation of the word amateur; or more likely from the expression used to describe a sloppy telegraph operator prior to the advent of wireless telegraphy and radio.  Regardless of its origns, the term has been passed along through many generations of the hobby and is the earliest name known to be associated with amateur radio.  I like to think of "Ham" as short for "Hallmark" in amateur radio with its many facets of technology and public service made possible through the achievements of radio amateurs worldwide.  The future of amateur radio is the responsibility of the hams who operate and support the various modes of operation, whether it is part of our heritage or a spinoff to the future.  I hope you enjoy this presentation of the greatest hobby ever to harness power from the electron. originated in the mid 1990's as Ham Radio USA ( & and is based on the traditional amateur radio spirit and values.  The Radioing - eHamRadio network was an early entry into cyberspace as one of the first amateur radio websites.  It supports the 3R's of ham radio as a hobby - Radio, Radios, Radioing and is affiliated with International Ham Radio (iHamRadio).  The site includes a virtual "Ham Radio Museum" that honors some of the favorite USA classics of amateur radio.  The virtual "Collins Radio Classics" museum displays Collins radio equipment and their specifications.  "RadioTrader" is a trading post with ham radio related classified ads and swap links.  The "eHamRadio" resources section is equipped with technical library, tools, articles, operating aids, photos, links, and other ham-bits to support the various facets of ham radio.  "HamStart" provides a ham radio starter kit and upgrade guide with morse code lessons and many technical resources for getting started and advancing in ham radio.  "eEngineer" presents electrical engineering topics such as RF, electromagnetics, electromagnetic interference and compatibility (EMI/EMC), and a complete glossary, one of the earliest to be published on the internet.  For those who want to go beyond the spark and get lost in space, the virtual "SpaceTeam" provides NASA Space related topics including RF communications and ham radio in space. 

The various subpages are based on unique and fun type themes, powered up by some home-brewed graphics.  There is a special emphasis on the appreciation, restoration, and operation of vacuum tube transmitters, receivers, and transceivers, an interesting part of ham radio's heritage.  Many of these vintage radios offer ways of getting back to the basic virtues of amateur radio.  They are the AM and CW radios that provide a "warm glow" from the vacuum tubes while stirring up some traditional ham radio fellowship.  Hopefully, this feature will help generate and maintain a technical interest in the hobby that can span from the earliest to the latest technology.  My overall objective for this website is to serve ham radio since it has been such a great hobby to me throughout the many years.  The propagation of amateur radio ideas through cyberspace seems like a natural for hams.  Try home-brewing a ham radio website to support the hobby via the internet.  Tune in to often because the filaments are hot and there's always RF in the wire at the Virtual Ham Shack. 

Radio W5AM (Astroham) is an active ham radio station in Texas, USA as well as in cyberspace.  When not "spaced out" with high-tech electronics and "far out" modulation schemes in support of space communications work at NASA, my favorite diversion includes the restoration of vacuum tube ham radios, along with some experimental home-brewing.  The restoration part is particularly rewarding because the project radios provide a way to enjoy the fellowship and other amenities of operating the vintage modes.  Most of the project radios make it back into circulation and on the air where they energize the ionosphere once again.  There is great pleasure in resurrecting these old American made, hand-wired masterpieces of technology from the days of real craftsmanship.  Earth and all of its ham shacks once glowed with the charm of the vacuum tube radios.  Ham radio developed as an interface to worldwide fellowship on the airwaves for those of a radio and electronics pioneering spirit.  That's traditional amateur radio (ham radio) and it will continue to triumph on the airwaves as long as electrons are harnessed through the renowned spirit and values of dedicated hams.

Power up with Pegasus and make waves to propagate amateur radio ... Happy Radioing!

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